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Part# 12-00968
MFR Model# 01


This rivet nut tool is an inexpensive alternative to industrial rivet nut setters. Fast and easy to use for the builder who needs to make sturdy installations requiring a rivet nut fastener. It has unlimited uses. Its design enables the rivet nuts to be seated tighter than with conventional tools. This fastening tool has unique uses!

The rivet nut possesses far greater load bearing capability than a regular sheet metal screw! Proudly made in U.S.A. Use it instead of a sheet metal screw. Its compact design takes up less room in your tool box. For use with aluminum or steel rivet nuts.

Kit includes Rivet Nut Tool, Stabilizing Rod, and Qty. 1 each, 6-32, 8-32 and 10-32 rivet nut.



Very compact and simple to use. The top washer was too soft and collapsed from the pressure so I replaced it with a steel washer which solved the problem. It worked great for me as I only had a couple of 10-32 rivet nuts to install.

June 15, 2019

Great little tool. Simple to use. I needed to install some metric Riv-nuts and the metric version was a week away, so purchased a couple metric allen head bolts and worked a charm. Easier to use than the other types of Riv-nut tools and takes up little space. All my Riv-nuts and the tool are now in a small sealed divided case and ready to go in moments. Will still buy the metric unit, incase someone needs to borrow one.

Glenn M
March 11, 2019

I had to set one rivnut. It worked for that. So I am happy. The unit might pull 2 or 3 more rivnuts of each size before failure. I will buy a proper tool if I have to set many more. The problem is with an aluminum bushing that centers the black bolt while the rivnut is being pulled. I could hear clicks as the main squeezing bolt was being turned. Clicks were the black bolt threads destroying the bushing as it is forced upwards. Inherent in the design are lateral forces on the bushing resulting from the wedge attempting to create an axial force on the black pulling bolt. I read other posts before using, so I polished the bearing surfaces in an attempt to avoid problems others had experienced. I used a light green anodized aircraft aluminum rivnut.

Joe H
February 10, 2019

This rivnut tool is cheap, compact, and is no drama to use. Ive tried it on 10-32 rivnuts in both aluminum and steel, and they both work flawlessly. The body of the tool seems to be made of zincalloy (it might just be die cast aluminum, its hard to tell), so Im hesitant to try it on 1/4-20 rivnuts, but the tool is sized to accept that size stud and would probably work just fine on aluminum rivnuts. This is the simplest and most basic form of rivnut tool Im comfortable using. The kinds that pull up on the rivnut by turning a bolt across the threads are hit or miss, especially on the aluminum rivnuts, since they can strip out the threads every once in a while. And the tool that looks like a normal rivet gun has a tendency to break the mandrel on smaller diameter threads with steel rivnuts if youre not careful, since youre applying so much pressure to the handles sometimes you can tweak the whole tool over too far. I like that the bolts are standard and this tool does not require any special mandrels. The only custom parts required to add a new size of fastener is a new bushing to fit the smaller fastener into the 1/4 hole in the body (no bushing required for 1/4-20 or M6). These bushings are easy to make on a lathe, and could probably be made by hand using hardware store spacers or bronzoil bushings if necessary. This makes it relatively easy to keep an assortment of random sizes around for different projects and measurement systems. The main drive bolt that actuates the slide is a standard grade 2 1/4-20, although if you need to replace that chances are youve stripped the threads on the slide already. The only feature I would add is a steel spacer plate up top to replace the larger of the two washers. Ive seen this plate in use on other versions of the same tool, and it consists of a hole the diameter of the bolt youre using (It is dependent on that diameter, so I understand why its not included), and holds the correct spacing between the bolt head and the main body of the tool so the bolt doesnt try to cam over on the sliding block and gall it up too badly. This kind of plate is simple to make for almost anyone who might need a rivnut tool anyway, and grease on all the sliding surfaces and threads should suffice otherwise.

Aaron O
December 31, 2018

Very handy tool for tight places, very satisfied

Henry B
September 23, 2018

Up-rated to 4 stars in consideration of the low price. This seems to be the cheapest tool to set rivet nuts, and is fine if you only have a few to install. The top washer failed after setting the second #6 riv-nut. I replaced it, along with the larger washer under it with a fender washer with a smaller hole for better support. This reduced but didnt eliminate the problem. Also found the tool difficult to hold steady. Adding a temporary shim under the base near the bolt helped to stabilize it. Would have been better if the base of the tool had an offset to allow for the space taken by the riv-nut head so the base sits flush on the aluminum skin. However, I would recommend it so long as you only have a few smaller size riv-nuts to install, due to the much lower cost vs. other tools.

Dave M
November 18, 2017

Awesome in tight spaces! Very clever design. Kind of hard to hold, at risk of bending the piece you are inserting into. Mine broke the casting after about 30 installs. Not a tool for production work, or for anything over a #10 rivnut, But it sure is handy to have in your box!

November 6, 2017

Clever design, does a fine job in a tight space. The finish of the cast body leaves a bit to be desired, as its quite rough. In addition, the material is a bit too soft. After three uses, the washer dug into the top and made the tool inoperable. I was able to grind/sand the top flat and complete my job. I had 8 rivet nuts to install and it eventually served me well for that I wonder how long it will last.

July 29, 2017

Definitely not for production work, but will work in tight spaces where a regular squeeze type gun wont fit. Easy to replace screws in case one gets stripped or broken. I recommend ordering an extra screw ahead of time.

April 10, 2017


Q: I am interested in a 1/4-20 rivnut insert to use to attach a trolling motor to an aluminum deck with no access to the underside of the deck. Does this tool handle the 1/4-20 standard coarse thread rivnut? Thanks

These units we stock do not come with a 1/4-20 stud, however we could special order it from the supplier. Please contact sales at 877-477-7823 to get pricing and lead time of this special order.

Q: What is the largest size bolt that will fit into this Homebuilders Rivnut tool?

The largest is a 3/16" diameter, which is about 4.8 MM.

Q: Will this homebuilders rivet nut tool work for installing nutserts?

Per our tech: Nutserts are installed like Rivnuts. This tool should work just fine on nutserts.

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